Having a child is not just a goal, but a dream for many women. And while this path is easy and peaceful for some, it can be a turbulent road for others. A woman who is tempted with HIV, for example, may end up running into several problems and, mainly, doubts.
But what are the real dangers of being an HIV taker ? What can or cannot be done? How to deal with this situation? It is on these issues that today’s text will speak.
Is it possible to become pregnant with HIV?
The HIV virus, which causes AIDS, does not prevent a woman from becoming pregnant. However, it is necessary to remember that this is a sexually transmitted disease, that is, it is passed through sexual intercourse and that is why an HIV-positive woman should not have unprotected sex with her partner.
Will the Baby Be Born with the HIV Virus?
If the woman does prenatal care correctly and takes all the drugs to control the HIV virus, the chances of the baby getting it are very low. However, even if everything is done correctly, this is still the case for a risky pregnancy and has to be closely monitored by a specialist doctor . It is the best way to prevent any problem from occurring.
During delivery , it is also necessary to take care to avoid as much as possible that the baby has direct contact with the mother’s blood or any secretion. It is recommended that the baby is born through a caesarean section so that the contractions do not pump too much blood into the umbilical cord, as this increases the risk of the virus being transmitted. If everything is done professionally and in the right way, it is quite possible that the baby will be born completely healthy.
Can HIV Women Breastfeed?
When a woman has the HIV virus, there is up to a 22% chance of the baby becoming infected through breastfeeding . Therefore, a mother with HIV should not breastfeed her baby in any way. Still during pregnancy, alternative forms of breastfeeding should be discussed with the doctor so that there is no problem after the child’s birth.
Ways to Prevent HIV
The main and most efficient way to prevent the HIV virus is to protect yourself during sexual intercourse . The condom , whether male or female, is the only contraceptive that prevents sexually transmitted diseases, since all others only help to prevent pregnancy.
This is the most common way the virus is passed on and, therefore, the most dangerous. We can also talk about the importance of always disposable and exclusive syringes for you when taking a medication or something, which means that you should only apply them in hospitals and trusted places.
Living with HIV
If an HIV-positive woman acts responsibly and has a peaceful birth, her child can be completely healthy and lead a normal life. However, it is necessary to remember that the woman will still be a carrier of the virus and will have to learn to be a mother while living with it.
With the advancement of medicine in recent decades, it has become much easier to live with AIDS, but even so, the life of the person who has the disease will not be completely normal, not least because a different routine is required.
Learning to live with the virus and being a mother at the same time requires a good conversation with health professionals, responsibility and a lot of effort on the part of the woman so that everything goes as planned. It is not easy, but it is possible to be done.
How to Deal with Prejudice?
One of the main barriers when a woman tries to have a child even though she has the HIV virus is, without a doubt, the prejudice that inevitably appears. It is necessary to learn to deal with this type of situation, since it is a reality, although it is difficult for many.
At such times, the help of close people such as friends and family can be essential, as the woman can often feel judged and even guilty for wanting to be a mother and have the virus.
It is true that the prejudice was already worse, but even today there are still professionals who advise against the woman doing this, because they believe that the situation will only bring risks to the baby.
It is necessary to be strong and know how to deal with criticisms and judgments at the same time that you need to act with all responsibility so that you can have a peaceful pregnancy and a healthy baby.
The HIV virus is one of the most lethal and dangerous that mankind has ever known, but fortunately its fight has intensified more and more. Even so, there are still many HIV-positive women and the fact that these women have the virus does not mean that they do not have the right to have children.
However, there are several other types of care that need to be taken so that this problem does not turn into something much worse, such as the virus being passed on to the child, for example.
If everything is done with responsibility and professionalism , it is possible to be a mother with HIV and raise your child in a healthy way. It is a great mission, but one that can be accomplished.
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.